LSU's Kevin Faulk, Bradie James, Saints' Andersen, Bush make ballot for college Hall of Fame

Glenn Guilbeau
Lafayette Daily Advertiser
Oct 11, 1997; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; FILE PHOTO; LSU Fighting Tigers running back Kevin Faulk (3) in action against Florida Gators linebacker Keith Kelsey (41) at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Network

BATON ROUGE - Former LSU stars Kevin Faulk and Bradie James are on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame 2022 class as are former Saints Morten Andersen and Reggie Bush, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced Wednesday.

Faulk, who went to Carencro High, was one of the greatest tailbacks in SEC history. He is the SEC's career leader in all-purpose yards with 6,833 from 1995-98, and is LSU's career rushing leader and fourth in SEC history with 4,557 yards. He also holds the LSU record for career touchdowns with 46.

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Faulk was a first team All-America all-purpose choice on the Associated Press team in 1996 as a sophomore when he led the SEC in all-purpose yards with 2,104 - 1,282 rushing, 688 on returns and 134 receiving. He was a consensus first team All-SEC choice in 1996-98 and led the conference in rushing in 1997 and '98. He was the SEC's freshman offensive player of the year in 1995.

A second round pick in the NFL Draft by New England in 1998, Faulk won three Super Bowls with the Patriots and was named to their 50th anniversary team and Hall of Fame.

He was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2015 and became LSU's running backs coach in 2020.

James, who played at Wossman High in Monroe and his senior year at West Monroe in 1998, was a first team All-America selection as a LSU senior in 2002 at outside linebacker. He was All-SEC in 2001 and '02 and still holds the LSU record for tackles in a season with 154 in 2002. He is No. 2 in career tackles for the Tigers with 418 from 1999-02.

James played 10 years with the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL after being selected in the fourth round in 2003.

Saints kicker Morten Andersen celebrates a game-winning field goal to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in 1994.

Andersen was a first team All-American at Michigan State in 1981 and finished as the Big Ten's all-time leader in field goals with 45 and set the record for longest field goal at 63 yards that still stands. A fourth round pick of the Saints in 1982, Andersen is the franchise's all-time leading scorer with 1,318 points. He ranks second in NFL career field goals with 565 and points with 2,544.

Andersen was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017 and into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

Bush, the second player picked in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Saints, helped lead New Orleans to a Super Bowl victory in  the 2009 season as a running back and kick returner. He was a two-time first team All-American at USC, which won the national championship in 2003 and '04 with Bush.

The announcement of those who make it into the 2022 class will be made in January with the induction ceremony on Dec. 6, 2022 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

LSU players in the College Football Hall of Fame are Gus Tinsley, Ken Kavanaugh, Abe Mickal, Doc Fenton, Tommy Casanova, Billy Cannon, Jerry Stovall, Charles Alexander, Bert Jones and Glenn Dorsey.